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The Apocryphal Old Testament Collection of the most important non-canonical Old Testament books designed for general use.

Chapter XVIII

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A Psalm. Of Solomon. Again of the Anointed of the Lord. 1 Or ‘anointed Lord’ (cp. xvii. 32).

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Lord, thy mercy is over the works of thy hands for ever:  Thy goodness is over Israel with a rich gift. 2 Thine eyes look upon them, and not one of them is 2 Gk. ‘shall be … will listen’. in want: (3) 2Thine ears listen 2 Gk. ‘shall be … will listen’. to the hopeful prayer of the poor. 3 Thy judgements extend over the whole earth in mercy, (4) And thy love is upon Abraham's children, the sons of Israel. 4 Thy discipline is upon us as on a first-born, an only son, (5) So as to turn the obedient soul away from ignorant stupidity. (6) 5May God purify Israel for the day of mercy and blessing,  For the day of election, at the manifestation 3 Following Manson's conjecture of ἀναδείξει for ἀνάξει in the MSS – a word otherwise unknown. of his anointed one. (7) 6Blessed are they who shall be in those days,  Seeing the good things of the Lord which he will perform for the generation that is to come, (8) 7Under the rod of discipline of the Lord's anointed in the fear of his God,  In wisdom of spirit, and of justice and of might, (9) 8So as to direct every man in works of righteousness in the fear of God,  So as to establish them all before the Lord, (10) 9A generation excellent in the fear of God in the days of his mercy. Selah. (11) 10Great is our God and glorious, dwelling in the highest, (12) He who established the luminaries in their course for the determining of seasons from year to year,  And they have not turned aside from the path which he appointed them. (13) 11Their path each day is in the fear of God,  From the day God created them unto eternity: (14) 12They have not gone astray from the day he created them,  From the generations of old they have not turned aside from their paths,  Except when God ordered them through the command of his servants.

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1 Or ‘anointed Lord’ (cp. xvii. 32).

2 Gk. ‘shall be … will listen’.

3 Following Manson's conjecture of ἀναδείξει for ἀνάξει in the MSS – a word otherwise unknown.

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